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ASL Book Club Meets To Discuss "Everything is Illuminated" on Feb. 8

The first book the ASL Book Club will discuss in 2012 is Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated. The novel, published in 2002, was Foer's first one. It generated widespread interest among literary circles and was praised by a variety of critics. Everything is Illuminated is a story about a young Jewish-American, who has the same name as the author. He travels to the Ukraine to investigate his grandfather`s story and thereby learns about his family's past.


The Study Abroad & Internship Roundtable on January 11, 2012

The Study Abroad & Internship Roundtable gives interested students the chance to learn more about study abroad and internships as part of their degree program at ASL. Students, who have either studied at a foreign university or did an internship, will talk about their experiences and answer questions. Afterwards we will have an informal get-together, where students can talk with ASL‘s study abroad advisor Anja Eifert and internship coordinator Katharina Freitag and, of course, other students.


BA Plus Fellows Of 2011/12 Have Launched Their Blogs

Only days before they will leave for Athens, Ohio, the BA Plus Fellows of 2011/12 have launched their blogs on the ASL website. Each fellow will keep his or her personal blog while spending two quarters abroad at Ohio University and its Global Leadership Center. Every other week, Linda Esch, Teresa Lauterberg, Gerald Whittle, and Kim Ziebart will post a new blog entry where they will refelect on their experience of living and studying in Athens. You can follow their blogs by visiting the BA Plus website.


Fellows and Alumni Celebrate This Year´s BA Plus Farewell Dinner

Once again, the BA Plus Farewell Get-Together offered a great opportunity for this year´s BA Plus Fellows to celebrate their farewell from Leipzig with the BA Plus team.


Call for Applications BA Plus Fellowship 2012/13

American Studies Leipzig is hereby calling for applications for the “BA American Studies with Transatlantic Capstone Program and Project Year” (BA Plus) sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).


Great Turn-out at the BA Plus Townhall Meeting Today

Around 15 students came to the BA Plus Townhall Meeting today to inform themselves about the “BA American Studies with Transatlantic Capstone Program and Project Year.” BA Plus Director Prof. Garrett and Executive Director Dr. Usbeck outlined the initiative for the students and announced that there will be up to five BA Plus Fellowships available to 2nd year BA students of American Studies for the academic year 2012/13.


ASL Book Club will discuss The Sun Also Rises on November 4, at 3pm


The ASL Book Club will meet for the first time this winter term on Friday, November 4, at 3 pm for a discussion of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The session will take place at Kapitaldruck, a wonderful bookstore and café. The address is Roßplatz 11, 04103 Leipzig.


Reminder: BA Plus Townhall Meeting Tomorrow at 5pm

A reminder to all 2nd year BA American Studies students: If you are interested in getting to know more about the BA Plus program of ASL and the DAAD, you can attend a townhall meeting hosted by Prof. Garrett tomorrow at 5 pm in the ASL seminar room 2.516.

For further details about the BA Plus program and fellowship, please feel free to browse the BA Plus website.


Attention 2nd Year BA Students: BA Plus Fellowships Available

American Studies Leipzig, in close cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is pleased to announce that five BA Plus fellowships will be granted to second-year BA students this year. Within the framework of the BA Plus program, ASL sends American Studies students to the Global Leadership Center at Ohio University for an additional year of studies. Ohio University is one of the leading research universities in the United States and offers a great array of opportunities for students to pursue their academic and professional interests.


All Good Things ...

… come to an end, they say. But first of all, sorry that I have been silent for more than a month. I just returned from a road trip that brought me and a friend to Paint Lick, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada. As we prepared for our journey I swore myself to keep away from the Internet for the duration of the trip. For two weeks I avoided checking my emails, did not chat on Facebook, and did not follow the news.

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